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1995 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 91 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 85 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 52693-1995-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85

    Bright red-ruby. Cassis, black cherry, shoe polish and oak on the nose, plus a medicinal note. Offers good intensity, but the cooked berry and green flavors clash and dry the palate. Conveys an impression of incomplete ripeness. The tannins are a bit dry.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 1998
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Distinctive and austere in style, with a trim band of cedary oak, currant, anise and sage. Slowly works its way into more complex flavors, and once the tannins subside it should offer even more complexity. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. New from Robin Lail, a former partner at Dominus.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 1995 J. Daniel Cuvee is the debut release from Lail Vineyards. An outstanding effort, it is a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon made by Philip Melka (the winemaker at Seavey). The wine is a beautifully rendered, Medoc-like California red with a dense, saturated ruby/purple color, and stylish, complex aromatics consisting of tobacco, black currants, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak (approximately 33% new oak casks are utilized). The wine is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, a graceful, long mid-palate and finish, and 15 or more years of potential evolution. From the finesse/elegant school of California proprietary reds, this wine is rich and layered, with everything in impeccable balance.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • Founded by John and Robin Lail and made by Philippe Melka, the Lail winery has for years specialized in producing the John Daniel Cuvee. This wine is sourced from Robin's vineyard, named for her father, who was the general manager of Inglenook in the 1940s, and was the great nephew of Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook's 19th century founder. A recent addition to the lineup has been a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc under the Blueprint label, recognizing John's architecture business.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 61 bottles owned
    • 21 collectors